Butcher hoping for a nice surprise

19 November 2013 04:32

Terry Butcher is looking for Hibernian to "surprise" people with the type of football they play under him - but only in a positive way.

The Englishman was unveiled as Hibs manager last Tuesday following his departure from Inverness and was joined at Easter Road by his long-time assistant Maurice Malpas.

Butcher takes over a club who have lost their last four games without scoring a goal but he has been happy with what he was witnessed in training so far - and now he wants that transferred to match day, starting with the trip to St Mirren at the weekend.

"From what I have seen so far there are good players here who haven't played to their potential but now is the chance to do that," he said.

"The team and the club have had some harsh criticism this year, sometimes for the way they have played, sometimes for the results but that is all in the past, that is all history.

"We want them to surprise people by the way that they play, surprise them in a nice way, not a negative way.

"That means they have to have the confidence in themselves to go out there and give their best.

"I wouldn't say they have underachieved, there are all kinds of pressure, there are all kinds of circumstances and it is not nice when you lose a manager.

"But they have certainly responded in the right way and shown me that they want to be here and play for Hibs, entertain and win football games.

"If we can take what they have done so far in training and transmit that onto the pitch in games I will be quite happy because it has been very impressive."

The former Motherwell boss insists everyone at Easter Road will be given a chance to impress before he considers making changes when the transfer window opens in the New Year.

"January is a long way off," he said. "I am not looking at that.

"I am delighted with what I have got here, I must stress that, I am not looking elsewhere at the moment.

"I am looking within and saying 'what can you do, how can you improve, what will it take, and what can you give Hibernian football club when it comes to games?'

"Maurice and I have talked about a team for Saturday and it is up to us to put out a team based on what we will have seen.

"I will disappoint a lot of players when I name the team but the ones that are named need to make sure they do enough to stay there."

Butcher has been pleased with the overwhelmingly positive reaction in Edinburgh to his appointment.

"Everybody has been wonderful," said the former Ipswich, Rangers and England defender.

"I had a letter from a Hibs fan saying I made a mistake which wasn't particularly that great.

"And I have bumped into more Rangers fans than anyone else in Edinburgh - and their reaction has been a bit different.

"But I have been really well treated wherever I have gone, people young and old have wished me good luck.

"Even Hearts fans have wanted pictures taken with me - that might all change later on of course but people have been good.

"People around here want to see teams in the capital doing well because that means there is excitement and enjoyment for everyone."

Source: PA

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